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St. Paul man pleads guilty in federal court to robbery spree that ended with accident, police standoff in June

A St. Paul man has been indicted in federal court on a count of robbery, Acting US Attorney W Anders Folk announced Wednesday.

Warren Dean, 27, pleaded guilty in June to interference with commerce by robbery under the Hobbes Act in connection with a robbery spree of St. Paul businesses that ended with a police chase, car accident and a four-hour standoff in Minneapolis. Happened.

Warren Dean (Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)

The Hobbes Act is a federal law enacted in 1946 and originally used to reduce racketeering in labor disputes. Today, it is commonly used by federal prosecutors to increase the punishment for a specific type of crime. Prosecutors are only required to prove that the natural consequences of the crime would have an effect on interstate commerce.

Violations of the Hobbes Act can result in severe financial penalties and up to 20 years in federal prison.

Folk said Dean’s robbery fell under the guidelines of the Hobbes Act when he entered the Speedway gas station, flashed a realistic-looking replica gun at the employees and ordered them to pay money from the cash register. He fled with around $292 in cash.

Dean told Senior U.S. District Judge Michael J. filed his guilty plea before Davis.

Dean was out of prison for sentencing only two months earlier, when officials say he robbed the speedway at 1126 West Seventh St. in St. Paul, and then robbed a second speedway at 1580 Ford Parkway on the evening of June 14.

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Police were still looking for him when, two days later, on June 16, the charges say, less than two hours later he robbed or attempted to rob the Babcock Locksmith on Cleveland Avenue, Moda Saloon on Selby Avenue, Earl. Super USA on the Street, at Walgreens. White Bear Avenue and Beyond Tobacco on Arcade Street. The allegations say he grossed over $4,000 in total.

St. Paul Police apprehended Dean and attempted to apprehend him, but he fled from officers and led them in a 31-mile car chase that ended in northern Minneapolis when Dean crashed into several parked cars. . Dean refuses to surrender, threatens to shoot officers and tells police that they must kill him. The complaint said the standoff lasted for four hours before the authorities were able to take him into custody without incident.

As part of his guilty plea for speedway robberies, Dean also admitted to robbing or attempting to rob other St. The sentencing date has not been set.

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